After the Journal News published an interactive Google Map of the names and addresses of citizens who owned handgun permits in New York State’s Westchester and Rockland counties, the newspaper saw its editors’ names and addresses dredged up and published and hired armed guards to police its office building. And in the latest development: the most notorious local paper of the year’s mail room received a strange envelope filled with white powder.
While the powder turned out to be harmless.the intent of whoever sent it seems pretty clear. Ever since the anthrax attacks of 2001 — which allegedly targeted politicians and journalists alike — white powder delivered anonymously has been used to intimidate and scare people, false accusations and all.
But the Journal News doesn’t seem like it’s backing down — it’s been meticulously updating and tracking the response to its gun map, going so far as to publish one of Senator Greg Ball’s classier remarks: “If The Journal News thinks they can intimidate Putnam, they are sorely mistaken.
Before I waver, the egghead editors at the Journal News can kiss my white, Irish behind.” The paper’s boss, Janet Hasson, told The New York Times that “the safety of my staff is my top priority” — now, it appears, she’s got more than gun owners to contend with.